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    YOU ARE
    INVITED!

    Our Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19. Read our latest article on the community reception and branch opening.

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    AFRICAN-AMERICAN
    HISTORY & CULTURE

    A time to learn and to celebrate at a program near you!

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    2018 ALA
    YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS

    The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards have just been announced. Check out our collection of these award winning titles.

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    RECE LAB
    FOR TEACHERS

    Resources for Early Childhood Educators provides a Lab housed at Main Library and collections of teacher resources housed at all 17 branches and Main Library for teachers to borrow.

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    GET YOUR
    PASSPORT HERE

    We make it easier to plan your next trip! Passport Services (including passport photos) are available through the Library. Learn more about this convenient service.

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    GET STARTED PLANNING
    YOUR NEXT TRIP!

    With so much information available, planning your next adventure can be difficult. Check out this list of Library books to help make your decision today.

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    10 YEARS OF
    SUMMIT MEMORY

    Launched in November 2007, Summit Memory is celebrating 10 years of sharing Summit County history through promoting local history collections, digitally.

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    NOW PLAYING AT A
    LIBRARY NEAR YOU

    Looking for something to do? Come join us for a movie at the library!

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NEW & NOTABLE

Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

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DATABASES

Research? We have you covered! Select any of our web-based reference databases for all of your research needs.

Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z

DIGITAL MEDIA

Borrow free TV shows, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and music with your ASCPL library card.

Digital Media

Library News

IMAGE New Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library Will Open February 19; Community Invited To Preview
Article Published: February 05, 2018
The new Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19, at noon in the... Read More...
IMAGE 10 Years of Summit Memory
Article Published: January 23, 2018
Summit Memory has officially marked 10 years of sharing Summit County’s history, digitally. Since the beginning, Summit... Read More...
IMAGE 11th Annual Family Reading Festival
Article Published: January 12, 2018
Enjoy live music featuring Jim Gill; an amazing animal show with Outback Ray, the fascinating creations of the Bubble Lady,... Read More...

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Locations & Hours


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Main Library

60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326
330.643.9000

Monday: 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Drive-Up Window closes ten minutes before the building closes for the day

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RECE Lab - Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Resources for Early Childhood Educators provides a Lab housed at Main Library and collections of teacher resources housed at all 17 branches and Main Library for teachers to borrow.

To use the lab - teachers must attend an orientation session structured on how to use the equipment and can be arranged for your center upon request. On subsequent visits teachers only need to check in at the service desk in the Children's Library, leave their library card or ID and check out when they leave. Call 330.643.9050 or 330.643.9032 with questions or to schedule an orientation.

There is a small charge for paper, laminating film and binding supplies and making copies. Teachers are welcome to bring their own construction paper or other materials for the Ellison Machine.

Early Childhood Resource Lab

The Early Childhood Resource Lab is housed in the Children’s Library at Main Library, of the Akron-Summit County Public Library system. The Lab is open during all library hours unless the space is needed for a library program. The Lab houses equipment for use by early childhood educators (birth–grade 3) to create learning materials and other items for their classrooms.

The Lab houses:

  • Ellison die cut machines - 3” alphabet dies in both upper and lower case with an assortment of number dies
  • Laminating machines for items up to 27” wide - Please call ahead. Staff assistance required.
  • Binding machine for items up to 1” wide
  • Paper cutter and other basic equipment

Materials charges (subject to change):

  • Laminating pouches: $.40/each
  • Laminating film: $.40/foot
  • Construction paper: $.03/sheet
  • Binding supplies:
    • 1/2”– $.42/each booklet
    • 1”– $.55/each booklet
  • Copies:
    • B&W– $.05/page
    • Color– $.25/page

Lab closes 15 minutes prior to the Library closing. To confirm Lab hours for a specific day, call 330.643.9050.
Services provided by Resources for Early Childhood Educators are supported by a grant from Akron Community Foundation.